AWFJ Wonder Women Countdown – Characters 55 through 44

To celebrate AWFJ’s tenth anniversary and mark the movie industry’s feminist developments since our inception, we present our Wonder Women Project, a list of cinema’s top 55 female fiction characters, each a reminder to industry insiders and movie lovers that iconic females in film have had entertainment impact and social influence since the earliest days of cinema. We’re releasing 11 names each week, counting down to number one.

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Listening With My Heart: 16 Movies to Remember from 2015 — Chaz Ebert Comments

“Room” “99 Homes,” “He Named Me Malala,” “Miss You Already,” “Brooklyn,” “Amy,” “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” “Sembene!”, “Carol,” “Grandma,” “The End of The Tour,” “Son of Saul,” “Seymour,” “Inside Out,” “Where To Invade Next” and “Straight Outta Compton.”

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GRANDMA – Review by Susan Granger

Paul Weitz’s idiosyncratic road movie revolves around Elle Reid (Lily Tomlin), a pensive poet and semi-retired academic who is still grieving for Violet, her partner for 30 years. Elle’s day begins as she coldly dismisses much-younger Olivia (Judy Greer), with whom she’s had a four-month fling. Then Elle’s 18 year-old granddaughter Sage (Julia Garner) appears on her doorstep, asking for $600 to pay for an abortion that’s already scheduled for later that afternoon.

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LEARNING TO DRIVE, GRANDMA, AFTER WORDS and Other August 17 Openers – Reviews by Jennifer Merin

Three must sees open this week. Learning to Drive is a metaphor for learning to live in filmmaker Isabel Coixet’s absolutely delightful and smart take on how a modern woman (Patricia Clarkson) survives her mid-life crisis. Grandma puts Lily Tomlin, a feisty matriarch, in the driver’s seat on a laugh-laden road trip that leads to mother-daughter reconciliations. After Words stars Marcia Gay Harden as a lonely librarian whose life shatters when she loses her job — but escapes to Costa Rica. Plus Slow Learners, Hitman: Agent 47, The Curse of Downers Grove, In the Pines and House on Rodeo Gulch

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AWARDS INTELLIGENCER: Top Ten Road Movies, Hers vs His

Summer is when a lot of us hit the highway, so rounding up best road movies is timely fuel for fun. But how does you the road trip genre fare in terms of gender equality? Most frequently the highway has been presented as men’s terrain, with buddy buddy bonding mapped out within thriller, comedy, sci-fi, horror and other story lines. But we’ve found some fabulous women-driven road movies.Let’s compare lists…

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2015 Films Gave Actresses Vehicles for Greatness — Jennifer Merin comments

Looking back over this past year, 2015 saw a bounty of fabulous women illuminating big screens. Think about it. There

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